Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lifesong In The Limelight/Kim, aka Homesteader In Training

I truly believe that a person's testimony, salvation or otherwise, is one of the most powerful expressions of the Christian faith. I thrive on hearing God-stories. When I had my blog giveaway/contest, I asked for testimonies based on songs affecting one's faith.
Well, people submitted, and I was moved.
That's where "Lifesong In the Limelight" on Saturdays was born:

Wellza, lemme just tell you, if you don't know Kim from Homesteader's Heart, then you're missing out! Big TIME! She prides herself on her sense of humor, and that she has in full measure. But truth be told, she has even more to offer her readers than that. I've learned a LOT about home organization, cooking, homeschooling, and (YES, Kim,) THE LORD, through reading her blog each day. All of these reasons and more are why I am so excited to feature her as today's:

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Amazing Sunday (I gave it a title, Kim.) :)

My song is Amazing Grace. I was raised in a Christian home and we went to church every Sunday. I remember singing this song plenty of times as a child, never really thinking about what it was saying or better yet what I was saying. It was after I rededicated my life to the Lord and was in church one day with my husband that this song came to life. The church we had been attending for about 5 years had grown quite a bit. They played mostly Contemporary Christian music each Sunday, but this particular Sunday they whipped out the classic. 

I don't think I made it through the second line, when I started crying. It hit me like a ton of bricks what my Lord and Savior had done in my life. Near the end of the song they stopped all the instruments and just let everyone sing. The church sounded like a group of Angels that morning, and I got a glimpse of what Heaven is going to be like some day. 

I can't sing that song without thinking of what the Lord is to me and how His grace covers me. The lyrics are below, and I want you to take the time to just read them, well, sing them to yourself and really think about what it's saying to you.
Blessings my friends.

AMAZING GRACE

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me -
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught -
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear -
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares -
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far -
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me -
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be -
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years -
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise -
then when we've first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me -
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.


Kim, aka Homesteader in Training, is the wife to one wonderful man and the mother to three beautiful children, ages 15, 6 and 3. A stay-at-home-mom since her marriage in 1996, she calls herself a “domestic engineer and a homeschool mom who wouldn’t want it any other way.”  If you were to ask Kim to tell you a little bit about herself, as well as her blog, A Homesteader’s Heart, she would say, “I've met some great gals in this blog world and am slowly finding my niche. I am kind of a jack of all trades, master of none. I have my hand in a lot of different things and end up blogging about most of them. I love to laugh and that probably shows in most of my posts. Hence the birth of my Meme, Friday Funnies. (Boy, that was a sad plug wasn't it?)”  

Isn't she fun? For more on Kim, check out her blog, A Homesteader’s Heart..



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Homesteader in Training said...

Does that hat make me look fat? LOL! I sound so much more appealing when you say it lol. Oh and I saw a typo, lol. That was probably my fault. I'm humbled to have my face plastered on your blog. I love you my sister.
Hugs
Kim

Dee Yoder said...

Oh my, Kim! You couldn't have picked a song that is closer to my heart. For the obvious reasons, first, and secondly, it was the song we all sang as we gathered at the cemetery when my husband went to Heaven. Our pastor suddenly asked if we would all sing that song, and as we lifted our voices together, the surrounding little knolls and hills rang with that assurance. It was the saddest, and at the same time, the most hope-filled moment in that long journey. Your testimony truly blessed me today! That is a most powerful song--no matter where we are in our walk toward Glory!

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, Kim. I LOVE that song - and I have trouble singing it without coming to tears. Thank you for blessing us with your testimony, and to LauraLee for sharing it with us here.

Patty Wysong said...

This song has grabbed me so many times too!! So many times we just glibby sing it without paying attention to the words--and we miss out on sooo much!! And singing it acapella is the best!
hanks so much for sharing this, Kim!! It's wonderful!!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful song that like you...I have sung a million times since my childhood. It wasn't until I was an adult struggling in my first marriage did it really hit home what it was REALLY saying. It has only been by His grace that I have made it thus far. I'm so thankful that the same grace that has brought me this far is the same that will carry me all the way home...my Heavenly Home!

Sita said...

Those are indeed eternal moments when He brings words to Life inside us...earlier this year I heard Wintley Phipps sing this with the swish of the oars and groaning of the slaves in the background...wow...so powerful..see here,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfGytXRpfho

Jennifer said...

You have an award waiting for you at my "place"...stop by and pick it up when you get time.

Blessings!
Jennifer

Betsy Markman said...

Isn't it amazing how deaf we can be to what we're singing? It's so wonderful when the Lord takes the plugs out of our ears and lets those marvelous words touch our souls!

Glad you shared.

Denise said...

I love, love that song.